10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
3
Los Alamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Taos
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  10 h 30 min
End: New York City

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
On the 10th (Fri), take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town, then learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, then learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque online sightseeing planner.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 12th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Carlsbad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Albuquerque in July: highs in Carlsbad hover around 97°F, while lows dip to 71°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

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Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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nights
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bandelier National Monument and Puye Cliff Dwellings. Step out of the city life by going to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Bradbury Science Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Alamos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Los Alamos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in July, expect Los Alamos to be a bit cooler, temps between 81°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Puye Cliff Dwellings, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Puye Cliff Dwellings ©
Puye Cliff Dwellings

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Popular historic sites such as Loretto Chapel and El Rancho de las Golondrinas are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Canyon Road and New Mexico History Museum. Take a break from Santa Fe with a short trip to Pecos National Historical Park in Pecos, about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Los Alamos to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Los Alamos, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Fe, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Pecos National Historical Park
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Kit Carson Park, then explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, and finally take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum, browse the exhibits of Kit Carson Home & Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Governor Bent House and Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Taos vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, expect Taos to be a bit cooler, temps between 83°F and 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Kit Carson Home & Museum ©
Kit Carson Home & Museum
Taos Art Museum ©
Taos Art Museum